transitive verbwiped, wip′ing
- to rub or pass over with a cloth, mop, etc., as for cleaning or drying
- to clean or dry in this manner: wipe the dishes
- to rub or pass (a cloth, the hand, etc.) over something
- to apply by wiping: wipe oil over the surface
- to remove by or as by wiping: with away, off, up, out
Origin of wipeMiddle English wipen from Old English wipian, akin to Old High German w?fan, to wind around from Indo-European an unverified form weib-, to turn, twist, turning motion: see vibrate
- an act or instance of wiping
- something used for wiping; specif., a disposable tissue or towel, typically of pre-moistened paper or cloth and variously designed for cleansing the skin, cleaning eyeglasses, etc.
- a transitional editing effect in which one scene appears to replace another as by gradually moving it across the frame
- a blow; swipe
- a gibe; jeer
- to remove; erase
- to kill off
- to destroy or demolish
- to be capsized by a wave in surfing
- to slip and fall, lose control and skid, etc.
- to suffer an overwhelming defeat, ruinous failure, etc.
- Informal to make emotionally or physically drained or exhausted